RAB said a group funded them with Tk47 lakh for creating and disseminating such content
The eight people arrested from different areas of Dhaka, reportedly for spreading rumours through social media channels like Facebook, have allegedly been involved with the politics of Islami Chhatra Shibir.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Legal and Media Wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan said this at a press conference held at RAB’s media centre in Karwan Bazar on Saturday.
He said a group funded them with Tk47 lakh for creating and disseminating such content, and that RAB has been able to identify some members of the group.
RAB arrested the eight, including three members of Shimon Shilpi group which is controlled by Shibir, from Dhaka's Moghbazar and Mouchak areas on Friday.
The arrestees are: Mahmudur Hasan, 27, Abdullah Al Noman, 26, Abdul Kader, 28, Morshedul Islam, 22, Saiful Islam Mithu, 29, Didarul Islam, 35, Arifur Rahman, 34, and Motahar Hossain, 21.
RAB also recovered several pieces of equipment for creating videos from them.
Mufti Mahmud said the group had been spreading propaganda regarding the election on the internet. However, RAB cyber monitoring cell had been actively monitoring these rumours.
The group was trying to cast suspicion on the election by spreading such content, and disrupting the law and order situation ahead of national election, he said.
Meanwhile, RAB has already arrested 35 people for spreading rumours surrounding the election, he added.
Mufti Mahmud Khan said the eight people were detained last night for spreading rumours. They created videos in the form of their own documentaries, and were also promoting parody songs and publishing them on various websites, Facebook pages and YouTube.
The RAB official said in the preliminary interrogation they found out the arrestees had undertaken a project to create 150 websites to be used to spread such propaganda.